STATEMENT OF THE DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA SPECIAL SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ON THE GRAVE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, INCLUDING EAST JERUSALEM, GENEVA, 27 MAY 2021
Thank you Madame President,
1. Indonesia welcomes the recent ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel. We call on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence and to adhere to the ceasefire agreement.
2. Indonesia notes however, that a more lasting solution can only be gained when the rights of the Palestinian people are fully respected and protected.
3. The blatant aggression and violations of human rights and humanitarian laws committed by the Occupying Power, especially in the past month, have led to the death of hundreds Palestinian civilians, including women and children.
4. In addition, the inhumane and apartheid policies; the demolitions and seizures of Palestinian-owned structures; and forced evictions in the Occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, are still ongoing
-> as Israel believes that it can continue to commit these crimes without repercussions.
5. We regret that the Security Council remains unable to come out with a resolution. The failure of the international community to protect Palestinian civilians by compelling Israel to observe international law is the reason that we are here today,
6. It is important for today’s Special Session to show that the Human Rights Council stands united on the right side of history. The Council should come together to call for:
-> an immediate end to violence and cessation of hostilities;
-> an immediate and unhindered humanitarian support; and
-> ensuring accountability for human rights violations; throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
7. Additionally, we must also ensure that journalists, humanitarian workers, and human rights defenders working in the conflict areas are also protected.
8. Further, we ask the Council to take a longer view for:
-> means to prevent future recurrence of the atrocities, for example by establishing temporary international presence to monitor the cessation of hostilities in the occupied Territory of Palestine; and
-> a credible negotiation to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on the “two-state solution” in line with internationally agreed parameters.
9. We remain hopeful that this august Council will continue utilize its agenda item 7 in ensuring that the human rights of the Palestinian people are duly protected and guaranteed
10. Indonesia will always stand ready to support the Palestinian people and all the efforts aimed to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East.
11. I thank you